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As EPA Prepares to Update Federal Air Quality Limits, Coal Dust Looms Large in Eunice

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Frustrated with constant coal dust, residents of Eunice, West Virginia, asked the state to install an air quality monitoring device in their community. The request was denied.

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The Beast of Bristol: The Landfill Haunting Residents of the Twin Cities

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Terrible, persistent smells from the Bristol landfill have put a damper on quality of life for residents of the Twin Cities. Officials acknowledge the problem, but there’s no clear path forward.

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Biden Administration Proposes Restoration of Mercury Pollution Rules

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed reinstating a legal finding that supports restrictions on the amount of mercury that may be discharged by power plants.

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Align RNG Settlement Spotlights Biogas Plant Regulation

After the first settlement of its kind in North Carolina capping limits on emissions from a biogas plant in Sampson County, environmental advocates hope the agreement sets the stage for stricter statewide regulation of the processing of animal waste from concentrated feeding operations into fuel or biogas.

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Potential Federal Action Would Address Common and Harmful “Forever Chemicals”

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Congress and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could soon take steps to protect communities from an incredibly common but little-known family of man-made chemicals that have been accumulating in waterways and in people’s blood for decades.

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North Carolina Seeks Public Comment on Regional Haze Plan

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As North Carolina develops its 10-year plan to reduce haze in national parks and wilderness areas, conservation and health groups allege that North Carolina and other Southeast states are missing key sources of emissions in their analysis.

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Trump Administration Loosens Clean Air Regulations

In recent months, federal regulators have weakened two national air pollution standards and opted not to upgrade a third.

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Energy News Bites

The EPA did not update oil & gas waste rules despite protest, and is expected to change air pollution calculations to decrease health damage estimates. South Carolina passed an electric co-op transparency bill; West Virginia issued a pipeline permit without public input; and Murray Energy lost a labor rights appeal.

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Rockwool Proposal Draws Criticism and West Virginia Constitutional Challenge

Some residents of Jefferson County, W.Va., are resisting the Danish stone wool insulation manufacturing company’s proposal to build a plant that would emit large amounts of volatile organic compounds.

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EPA Questions Benefits of Mercury Regulations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is changing the way it calculates the benefits of reducing mercury and air pollution emissions from coal-fired power plants, which advocates fear could lead to looser pollution limits in the future.

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